Middle-Aged? Afraid to Ride? Share Your Story Here

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It's an issue that comes up over and over in Horse & Rider's reader mail: Middle-aged horse lovers, struggling to overcome ?a fear of riding, and/or some sort of anxiety that keeps them out of the saddle or at least riding less than they would like.

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With 3/4 of our readership being age 40 or over, I suspect it's a widespread problem. Is it one that YOU can identify with?

If it is, I'd like to hear from you in the Comments section

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A few prompts to get you started:

* Were you a bold and mostly fearless rider when you were younger?

* Does it frustrate you that you can't seem to get back to that point?

* Did your fear develop after an accident or injury? Can you pinpoint some other reason for it? Or, did it seem to come out of nowhere, on its own?

* What means, if any, ?have you tried in an effort to get past the fear and back to riding? What's worked? What hasn't?

* How much does your present horse contribute to the issue?

You don't HAVE to answer all or even any of these questions--you may well have your own kind of story you'd be willing to share. Fine by me.

Standing by, ready to listen to whatever you'd care to shae....I just know there's an article in here somewhere.

Jim Bortvedt photo for Horse & Rider.?